Category: Adventure

Ways to BOOST Motivation after a bad day

It’s late, you’re tired, work was tough and you can’t ignore that looming uni deadline. The last thing you want to do is type 2000 words on English literature or whatever you are studying…

We all have bad days. When it affects your study schedule there can be a knock on effect to your grades and, ultimately, your goals.

Here’s a few ways I try to motivate myself to study after a long, hard day:

Play some music

music

Go for a walk

walking

Remind yourself of your goals – long & short term

My Plan

Have a treat (chocolate mmm!)

hot chocolate

Eat a decent meal

fish

If all else fails, have a night off!

relax

Having a plan and trying to stick to it always helps to keep me motivated, especially if I write it down. There’s something about written plans that makes them feel set-in-stone. You have to make sure you give yourself a break though, especially when you are finding things particularly hard. Don’t burn yourself out.

What do you do to keep yourself motivated after a hard day? Let me know in the comments!

LGx

A Week of Walking 10,000 Steps Per Day

Happy #NationalWalkingMonth!

A while back I set myself the challenge of walking more. Last week I finally conjured up the motivation to start. I decided to do the recommended 10,000 steps per day for a week to see how I would feel. I walked to work, went for a quick stroll at lunch and then walked home. Luckily this amounted to exactly the number of steps that I needed for the day! In total each day I walked for around 1 hour and 40 minutes, with my mile count at about 4.5 miles per day.

Monday – 10,280 steps

On Monday I felt good! I felt energised after walking to work and I was early for a change! I couldn’t wait to get out and have a proper break at lunch. When back in the office I was focused and productive and didn’t feel the 3 o’clock slump. After my walk home I didn’t feel tired at all and could probably have done more walking if it wasn

Tuesday – 10,621 steps

On Tuesday I felt even more energised, the sun was shining and I was early for work again. I went for a longer walk at lunch because it was such a nice day. I was excited to walk home as I’d had a particularly productive day and so I wanted some thinking time before I had to sit down to my uni assignment.

Wednesday – 10,215 steps

On Wednesday I felt a little drained. I don’t know whether this was due to the stress that comes with uni assignments or the walking but it didn’t stop me from doing my steps. I took a shorter walk at lunch as there are fewer people in the office on Wednesdays but I was glad of this! I managed to submit my assignment and get a decent night’s sleep ready for tomorrow’s walking.

Thursday – 10,546 steps

On Thursday I felt a lot less drained but oh my calves!! I struggled to walk with pace because my legs were really tight. When I got home I did some stretches and they really helped, but it’s something I am going to have to continue to do until I’m a bit more flexible! I also think this was down to the fact that I hadn’t been drinking enough water. Something I’m quite often guilty of. Nevertheless, I still got my steps done and felt proud that I’d kept it up this far.

Friday – 12,064 steps

Friday was also a struggle on the legs to the point where I wasn’t going to walk at lunch. I hadn’t taken any lunch to work so that forced me out. I walked to my sister’s house after work, which took me about an hour. When I got there I was exhausted but after a quick drink and a rest I was dancing around the living room with my niece!

Saturday – 11,524 steps

I worked on Saturday and so this meant walking both ways. I felt energised again and with only 8,000 steps from the work journey I was trying to think of ways to up the step count. Getting the bus rather than accepting a lift helped with this and pushed my steps to where I needed them.

Sunday – 11,531 steps

I was worried about how I would fit all of my steps in on a day off work so I arranged to go for a walk with the BFF. We went to Crackley Wood Nature Reserve, where all of the bluebells were in bloom. It was beautiful and also nice and flat so easy on the calves as they were still aching.

img_6934I really enjoyed my walking week challenge. Throughout the whole process I haven’t lost any weight but I haven’t really been keeping an eye on my diet and that wasn’t my aim. I definitely feel in better shape for it! I am going to continue to do at least 10,000 steps per day until my calves stop aching. After this I am going to bump the step count up to 15,000 by taking an evening stroll.

How do you get the recommended daily steps? Any tips on calf stretching? I’d love to hear from you!

LGx

My Weekend [with photos!]

I have been in a particularly good mood this weekend, possibly because the sun has been shining and I have been really productive!

Friday evening was nice and chilled, I bought some cheeses, pork pie and crackers to have a ‘bits & bobs’ dinner and settled down to watch Pretty Woman for the first time. I absolutely loved it. Definitely one to add to my list of favourites!

Saturday morning was super productive! Listening to the radio instead of watching TV helped me to sit down and focus on studying without any distraction. I got loads of reading done and a bit of adulting in between (urgh, bills!). I recently moved my living room around because I didn’t like the fact that I was facing the wall with my back to the room when I was studying. I moved my sofas to create a cosy, separate space for chilling and then changed the dining table setting so that it felt more like a study space. Everything is now closer to hand if I need it and I actually want to sit there and be productive thanks to the addition of a few pretty pieces.

In the afternoon I met the bestie for a light lunch and some drinks at The Golden Cross.  It’s one of the oldest pubs in Coventry and has just been done up. I had a BLT, which was very nice (except for the rocket, I hate rocket!) and it was very reasonably priced at just a fiver. I loved the new VW wallpaper in the toilets and may have taken a selfie (or ten). We ventured on to the Campbell, now called the Phoenix and shared a bottle of prosecco. Feeling a bit tipsy, we decided to have a chilled out evening and reminisced of the days when we used to go out every single week, how did we manage to afford it?!

After staying with the bestie for the night, I walked home on Sunday. There was glorious sunshine and the Spring flowers and blossom trees were in full bloom. It took me about an hour and meant that I could have a good walk in my new trainers that I bought for walking to and from work. (You may have read in a previous blog post that I was attempting to up my walking game this year, a little update: I now average about 8 to 10,000 steps per day, woo!).

On Sunday afternoon I went to see the BFF. We had a BBQ then went out to take a few photos for work. I was loving the outdoor sunshine so much that we decided to go and find a couple of Geocaches that were close to us. It’s so surprising how close to nature you often are. We only crossed the street to find that a gate opened out into big fields with lovely views. The sun was setting slightly, which made for some nice photos. We found both Geocaches this time, one behind some stinging nettles, ouch!

I have loved this weekend and spending time with those that are close to me. It goes to show that you can have a productive weekend while still being social at the same time!

My New Top (It’s a hand-me-down!)
Love this wallpaper <3
Sunset whilst Geocaching
A Funny Find in one of the Geocaches
Geocaching!
Red Sky at Night

 LGx

Walking Challenges for 2017

In a previous post I mentioned that I was going to try to cycle to and from work every day. Unfortunately the weather got in the way. Well, I did decide to start when winter was coming! Although I did say that weather should not stop you, it is probably best you don’t cycle in frost! Instead, I’ve been getting the bus to work then walking home each evening. It’s not as far as I first thought and VERY refreshing! It allows me to think and reflect on my day, plan my to dos for when I get home and have a bit of a break from my phone for 40 minutes.

Now that I’ve got into my walking groove I’ve looked into a couple of challenges that I’d like to try this year and also one that I have set myself.

Steps Challenge

No, I don’t mean ‘5, 6, 7, 8’!

NHS Choices advises that 10,000 steps per day will keep you fit and healthy. When I read this I was intrigued to find out how many steps per day I currently average. I work in a pretty small office, so I wasn’t expecting anywhere near 10,000. However, I was completely shocked to find out that I average a measly 2,000! Only 20% of the daily recommendation!

Walking home has increased my steps to around 5,000, still only half way there. NHS Choices does say to build up gradually so there’s plenty of time to step it up!

1000 Miles in 1 Year Challenge

Live for the outdoors are challenging people to walk 1000 miles in 2017. This would be an average of 2.74 miles per day. It would take a bit of catching up to start now but I’m sure with a few long walks it could easily be done!

‘The Peaks’ Challenge

A take on the ‘Three Peaks Challenge’, it would be nice to set the goal of climbing the highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales this year without the time constraint of having to do it in one go – especially for a person lacking a little on the fitness side!

My Personal Challenge

As I mentioned, I work in a small office with little chance to move around. Now the weather is getting warmer I am going to take the challenge to up my steps even more.

To make up the rest of the steps I plan to:

  • Start walking to work (this will be difficult, I’m not a morning person)
  • Go for a walk at lunchtime (trying to avoid any fast food places and their tempting smells)
  • Take an evening stroll (also difficult when I have studying to do!)

I’m sure with a little bit of time management and dedication walking can become a bigger part of my daily routine.

What walking goals and challenges have you set yourself this year? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments!

 

 

New Found Love – Geocaching!

I have discovered something new and you’re going to love it.

When I say new, it’s actually quite old now. It all started in 2000 according to www.geocaching.com when the technology became available to track objects by their specific GPS location.

I’m talking about the worldwide treasure hunt known as Geocaching. To play along you download the app, set about walking and try to find hidden capsules along the way. In these capsules you find little bits of treasure or nik naks, then either swap something or place your own in for somebody else to find! You often find a piece of paper where you can write the date you found the capsule and your username from the app.

Not only is this a fun activity but it gets you out and about in your local area or even further afield, if you’re willing to travel. I was surprised at how many of these I have walked past, without even noticing them!

Just look at the beautiful scenery I have come across thanks to Geocaching…